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SNOW IS FALLING! - James Cove, PlanetSKI Editor
Tuesday March 27, 2018 - Email this article to a friend

Just as we thought spring was starting winter is back with snow falling in the Alps. Up to 50cm is forecast in places over the next day or so. NEW & UPDATED

 

 

Here is the scene out in the Alps at the moment.

It's snowing:

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However with the temperature fluctuating there is also rain on some of the lower slopes.

"Wednesday will remain very unsettled with further rain or snow, mostly across the northern and western Alps," said our resident alpien weather expert, Fraser Wilkin from weathertoski.co.uk.

"The rain/snow limit will start quite high (typically between 1500m and 2000m) before dropping again later. In the north-western Alps, especially the northern French Alps (e.g. Avoriaz, Flaine, Chamonix), 30-50cm is possible above 2000m by the end of Wednesday."

So there we have it - winter is back!

However there will be mixed conditions with some rain.

The snow depths remain very impressive for late March.

We have reporters in Les Arcs in Paradiski and Les Menuires in Les3Valleys in France.

"There were blue skies but chilly temps this morning and then the weather closed in around midday and it snowed heavily from 3-5pm. It has eased off now but more snow is forecast in to the evening and through Wednesday," said our reporter, Vanessa Fisher, who is in Les Menuires.

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And by the afternoon:

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"The pistes are in amazing condition in Les Menuires and there is still powder off piste; the lower slopes are softer late in the day - really just the last stretch down in to St Martin de Belleville but with full cover and no stones /rocks at all. It definitely feels more like winter than spring."

Our chief reporter, Jane Peel, is In Les Arcs.

However, as is often the case in Les Arcs, the wifi is dreadful and she is currently unable to file.

However, she managed to send through the short video cliip below showing the heavy snow that fell this afternoon, Tuesday 27th March.

Jane is there for British week and was planning to report on it all over the next few days.

Seems she may not be able to.

Come on Les Arcs get your act together!   

And there has been further snowfall in the Pyrenees too.

So much so that one of our favourite resorts in the French Pyrenees, Ax3Domaine, has just announced it is extending its season by a week.  

Jacques Murat, from Ax3Domaines said, "The season in Ax this winter has been fantastic and we are excited to announce that we will be opening for an additional weekend the 7-8th April so there is still time to come and ski with us in the French Pyrenees."

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See here for why we rate the resort so highly:    
See here for our latest main snow report that was filed last Thursday and was updated aross the weekend and into Monday.
The changing conditions have affected the stability of the snowpack and last weekend  3 people died in avalanches in France. 

As always caution is urged off piste.

If Les Arcs get their act together with the wifi we will be hearing from Jane shortly, and otherwise do check back for our updated reports on the snow as Easter approaches.

See here for the main PlanetSKI news page with all the latest stories from the mountains.

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